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Need More Hours in the Day? Set Your Home on Auto-Pilot with These Smart Home Technologies

by Karen Londos 09/10/2018

Science fiction has long reveled in the concept of autonomous homes and transportation. But it wasn’t until very recently that these dreams started to edge their way into reality. With semi-autonomous vehicles on the manufacturing line and “home assistants” like Google Home flying off the shelves, today’s average homeowner now has options.

The growing number of home automation technologies is encouraging even more innovation in a burgeoning market. But, the newness of these devices and the confusion around what they actually do can make it difficult to decide which one to bring into your home.

In today’s post, I’m going to introduce you to some of today’s most handy smart home devices to burden the workload of homeownership and give you some tips on which of the best technologies are yet to come.

Home assistants

One of the first smart home devices to hit the shelves was arguably the home assistant. They look like small Bluetooth speakers but have the ability to respond to your voice commands. So far, the front runners are the Google Home and Amazon Echo, but there are a number of other brands in the running as well.

Many of the tasks you use a smartphone for can also be easily accomplished with a home assistant. Tell it to set or turn off your alarms, look up things on Google, ask about the weather, play music, and so on. The Amazon Echo functions similarly but also integrates with other smart home systems so you can control things like your lights and coffee maker just by asking.

Integrated gadgets

Many home automation manufacturers have taken to selling kits that enable you to automate your home one outlet or device at a time. You can then control these devices with your smartphone, whether you’re at home or at the office. (Ever get worried you left the iron on? No more!)

The best part of these devices is how customizable they are and the fact that many integrate with assistants like Amazon Echo. However, some systems, like Samsung’s SmartThings, has its own central “hub” that connects your devices.

Smart home security

Security companies were one of the earliest adopters of automation. Today, many of the biggest home security companies (think ADT and Vivint) aren’t just making your home safer, they’re also making your life easier.

Common among these smart home security systems are things like cameras you can control with your smartphone from work, alerts from smoke and CO detectors, and door and window sensors to alert you if someone enters, or attempts to enter, your home.


These technologies are still evolving. That means each year newer, better devices will hit the market. However, this process of innovation will also drive down prices, which is good news for you as a homeowner and consumer. So, think about what your specific needs are and choose the products that fit them. And, if you’re not sure about any of the products on the market, don’t be afraid to hold off--the next best thing is right around the corner.

About the Author

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Karen Londos

My goal is to make each individual have a positive experience and feel my genuine desire to assist them in finding the perfect home! Each person is as important as the next to me and whether they are looking for a temporary rental or a forever home, I am going to give them 100%!

A little about me. I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and relocated to South Florida where I graduated in the top of my High School class and attended college on a full academic scholarship, studying Engineering and Mathematical Sciences. I worked my way through college and realized I was less interested in the technicalities of Engineering and more intrigued with the internal infrastructure of businesses. 

So I shifted gears and began focusing my efforts on learning all the parts to a business and what it takes for the business to run like a well-oiled machine. With a heavy background in financials and Human Resources I worked my way into upper management and then in 2007 established K-LO Enterprises, Inc, a Business Consulting Service specializing in gap analysis, documentation and processes. 

It is in this capacity that I joined RE/MAX Absolute Service Team in 2014 and began learning all there is to know about Real Estate. In 2017 I became licensed in Real Estate, representing the differently abled community of South Florida. 

I am deaf. I was born with a degenerative hearing loss and have relied on lip reading for the better part of my life. Navigating through the hearing world, I never shied away from a challenge, believing there is nothing I cannot do. 

I embrace each opportunity as an adventure. I have my own business and have established a non-profit and is a strong advocate for Canine Companions for Independence where I partner with my Hearing Dog Ninja. 

I am that my strong business background, integrity and desire to be of service to others would lead me. I embarked on a new career with RE/MAX Absolute Service Team, under the leadership of Broker Nicole Grammer.